Cities Are Good for You The Genius of the Metropolis
The 21st century will be the age of the city. Already over 50% of the world population live in urban centres and over the coming decades this percentage will increase - with consequences for us all. But this does not mean that things will only get worse. In fact our urban future might just be something to look forward to. Blending anecdote, fact and first hand encounters - from exploring the slums of Mumbai, to visiting roof-top farms in Brooklyn and attending secret dinner parties in Paris, to riding the bus in Latin America - Leo Hollis reveals that we have misunderstood how cities work for too long. Upending long-held assumptions and challenging accepted wisdom, he explores: why cities can never be rational, organised places; how we can walk in a crowd without bumping into people, and if we can design places that make people want to kiss; whether we have the right solution to the problem of the slums; how ants, slime mould and traffic jams can make us rethink congestion. And above all, the unexpected reasons why living in the city can make us fitter, richer, smarter, greener, more creative - and, perhaps, even happier. Cities Are Good for You introduces dreamers, planners, revolutionaries, writers, scientists, architects, slum-dwellers and emperors. It is shaped by the idea that cities are the greatest social experiment in human history, built for people, and by the people.
Fascinating, entertaining, radical and impassioned, Cities Are Good for You is a rallying cry for 21st-Century living
From Mumbai to Shanghai, Hollis is the perfect guide to the art, science and even maths of what makes cities so great Marcus du Sautoy Leo Hollis has written an eloquent, nuanced, and learned account of the ways in which cities can serve as conduits for happiness. His wide-ranging and acute observations of the interaction of the social and the formal map an optimistic and incisive vision of an emergent - and indispensable - urbanism predicated on sustainability, equity, imagination and trust Michael Sorkin A wonderfully rich and informative book. To present deep scholarship so accessibly and with such fluency is a rare achievement Tom Holland on The Phoenix A tour de force of biography, history, politics, philosophy and experimental science Economist Hollis's absorbing ability to conjure and flesh each period he explores ... Stories within stories tumble out like Russian dolls ... A beguiling device; a stalking horse of Palladian proportions Sunday Telegraph on The Stones of London An imaginative book that finds a convincing new way to tell the story of one of the most written-about cities in the world Independent